Financial Inclusion Global Asset Building Report

Children Development Accounts in Africa: A Pilot Study

This paper presents preliminary findings from a pilot study that explores a new and potentially effective strategy in caring for the increasing numbers of orphaned children in Africa. The strategy involves working with orphaned children while they are still with their families or caregivers within the community. The strategy combines standard reactive care with an economic empowerment component through the use of Children Development Accounts (CDAs). I refer to this combination of intervention as family asset-based intervention.

Project: SEED-Uganda


Ssewamala, F. M. (2005). Children development accounts in Africa: A pilot study (CSD Research Report No. 05-36). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.